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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Super Reflective Push Light on: April 01, 2008 04:42:14 PM
I wandered through the dollar store looking for inspiration, and I found this poor plain white push light just begging to be decorated.  Wink  I went for accessories that were shiny and would help reflect the light.

Source materials:

Push light, batteries for push light, and aluminum pie tins:

Two packs of buttons (only one pack used), some shiny metallic tape, and some translucent stickers:

And one of those bath puffs:

Glue and thread from my stash were also used.

The result: a much more interesting (but still functional) push light!

I cut a hole in the pie tin so it would go around the push light, and used the silver tape to tape in in place. The back of the push light sticks out so you can still get at the battery compartment. I glued the buttons around the edge of the light, and put a strip of the red metallic tape around the inner rim of the pie tin.  I put the translucent stickers on the light itself.  That bath puff unrolled into a tube of netting several feet long and I used that as the outer decoration.

Here it is in the dark:

I punched holes in the side like one of those old punched-tin lanterns:

I even put it to use during the recent "Earth Hour" when people were turning their lights off!  Grin
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Behold my holiday wreath... on: October 24, 2007 08:15:35 PM
...but beware, the wreath also beholds you.  Wink

It's fake fur sewn around a foam wreath ring from the floral section of the craft store, plus plastic "eyes" that I popped out from some cheap kids' party favors (which leaves me with some small black plastic eyeglass frames to play with) and ribbon.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Random Wings on: March 10, 2007 10:26:06 AM
These cards have nothing whatsoever to do with each other, besides having some kind of wing thing going on.  Cheesy

"His barber had a strange sense of humor"


"Drawn by the Perfume"
(a.k.a. another rubber chicken card)

Here's all three:
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me find these "galosh hooks" on: March 03, 2007 04:44:55 PM
I am working on a costume pattern, and it calls for hooks that look like this:

(hosted at http://www.flickr.com/)

The person who made the photos called them "galosh hooks".  I have not had any luck finding them locally, and when I try searching Google I don't find anything useful. Perhaps "galosh hooks" is just this person's term for these hooks? Any help you can provide on either a source for buying these or at least a different name to call them would be appreciated!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Kiss Me! on: February 04, 2007 06:57:20 AM
Pucker up!   Kiss   Kiss

A moray deserves amore too!  Grin
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Public Domain Photo Sources on: January 19, 2007 07:42:50 AM
Just for you guys, I'll share a little secret.   Cheesy

Many photos produced by the U.S. government are available in the public domain.  There are several photo libraries on the web that put these photos out there for you to use in pretty much any way you want.  There are usually some caveats, mainly that you can't imply the government endorses your use of the photo, especially in a commercial product, and you don't get to use the government agency's logo nor the website artwork, just the photos themselves.  Some sites do ask for credit, though I think that applies more to magazines than something like an ATC. You could always make a note on the back of the card if you want.

http://www.usda.gov/oc/photo/opclibra.htm -- Good for farms, farmers, crops, animals, etc.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/ -- More USDA photos, but these are staged shots rather than candids. Good scientist photos!

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/ -- Oceans, fish, ships, storms, etc.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/highlights/ -- All kinds of cool spaceships, astronauts, planets, etc.

http://www.archives.gov/research/tools/ -- This is the site for the National Archives.  You can do a keyword search of the catalog for old photos, documents and illustrations.  This site takes more effort to search, and not everything is public domain because they've collected archival photos from a bunch of different sources.  But sometimes you get lucky.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Bejeweled Clown on: January 07, 2007 04:24:52 PM
I just started making ATCs and wasn't originally going to make a clown card, but then I was rooting through my craft stuff and discovered that there was a picture of a clown illustrating the front of my stack of construction paper. I took it as a sign!  Wink

So I cut him out, gave him googly eyes, added some spiffy sparkle to his hat (they look brighter in real life than in the scan), and framed him with some gold-tone ribbon.


The one thing about it is that I'm of the "clowns are evil" opinion, and this guy is just too friendly looking.  Cheesy
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross Stitch Patterns for Alt-Rock Types? on: December 18, 2006 08:44:29 PM
A friend of mine is looking for unusual cross stitch patterns that would appeal to "a couple who reads Poe and goes to see Tool and A Perfect Circle every time they come to the New England area." Do you know of sources for cross stitch patterns that aren't the usual cutesy-poo stuff?

I do know about Subversive Cross Stitch, but I think she is looking for a more complex pattern.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Quick way to improve a boring cheap box frame on: December 09, 2006 06:06:12 PM
This seems like one of those obvious ideas, but I'm still feeling all clever about it.  Grin  I had a cheap (under $2) box picture frame, basically a clear plastic tray with a white cardboard box inside to go behind your photo. I decided that the white box looked kind of dull.

(this is the back side)

So I got out some of my Christmas gift wrapping tissue paper -- a metallic gold -- and wrapped the inner box like a present.

The tricky part was putting the wrapped box back into the frame, because the tissue paper rips easily and the box fits pretty snugly in the frame. I just did it slowly and carefully and managed to get it back in with no damage!

Much nicer than "cardboard white"! That's my niece, by the way.

I only taped the tissue paper to itself, not to the box, so I could always rip the tissue off and put in a different color. You could change it to go with your seasonal decor! Given how snugly the box fits in the frame, though, I'd be worried about going with any paper thicker than tissue paper.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts / I made the card notebook! on: November 16, 2006 08:18:46 PM
I thought the project for making little notebooks out of playing cards sounded like fun.  Instead of a playing card, though, I used a trading card from the sci-fi movie "Serenity":

I made this for the most recent Firefly/Serenity swap:

I printed out papers to use on the inside that had the outline of Serenity, the ship.  Instead of ribbon at the top I used a strip of red pleather.

I had worried that the glue along the edge only wouldn't hold, but I followed the instructions in the book and it all worked out fine.  Smiley
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